Unique Words for Names: Six Reasons To Consider
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
4d ago
When it comes to unique words for names, things can feel a little wild. Reckless, even. We marvel when we spot a Galaxy or a Canyon on social media. Our colleague names their kiddo Rocket and we gleefully report back to our friends, eyebrows raised. But word names work – and they’re far from new. Just ask any Rose. Kindergarten classes circa 2030 will almost certainly include a Willow, River, or Legend. Wait, you insist. Violet and Daisy have been around for years. That’s not nearly the same thing as naming a baby Marigold or Ocean. Choices like Blue, Dream, and Sunny are fine for celebrities ..read more
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Sunday Summary: 4.7.24
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
1w ago
Here’s something that’s been on my mind: so often we talk about names with absolute authority. This name is weird, that name is way too popular. But those tend to be gut reactions. Wade is much too popular because you knew a guy with that name in high school, and then had a co-worker with the name a few years ago. That’s not based on numbers in any way – it’s your immediate reaction based on the chance that you’ve known two. Luna is way too weird, because it sounds like looney. And the only time you’ve heard the name was your former neighbor’s cat. One of the really valuable things checking th ..read more
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Name Help: A Brother for Lyla Juniper
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
1w ago
Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every week, one reader’s name questions will be discussed. We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight! Hannah writes: Our daughter’s name came to us immediately. She’s Lyla Juniper. We went back and forth on the spelling, but we’re happy with the one we chose. Now we’re expecting our second and final child. It’s a boy, and we’re finding that boy names are harder for us. Names we’ve discussed: CREW – We like this one, but our last ..read more
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Sunday Summary: 3.31.24
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
1w ago
Wishing a joyful Easter to all who celebrate! Something I’ve been thinking about lately: how much economic/professional benefit is there to having a truly great name? I was booking my dog’s most recent grooming appointment online, where the only information I have available? The names of the staff. Our usual groomer was away. So my eye was drawn to Fiona and I clicked the reservation box with confidence. Now no one is getting rich grooming my 60-pound rescue dog who prefers mud puddles to spa days. And Fiona was marvelous – patient, kind, and no-nonsense enough to make our pooch look respectab ..read more
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March Madness Baby Names 2024: The Winners
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
2w ago
The votes are in! We have a new pair of names to add to the list of champions in March Madness Baby Names. In what, you ask? Every March, we take the sixteen most-viewed boys’ names and sixteen most-viewed girls’ names from the prior calendar year. In a bracket-style competition, we vote our way through until we have our set of champions. Let’s look back at the two final rounds – and how we got here! BOYS TOURNAMENT: STARTING WITH THE SWEET SIXTEEN KAI HUXLEY OTTO KOA RHODES CALLUM EVREN SULLIVAN ST. JOHN CASSIAN COSMO BLAISE WESLEY ZEV HAL EVANDER GIRLS TOURNAMENT: STARTING WITH THE SWEET ..read more
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Name Help: A Middle Name for Felicity
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
2w ago
Laura writes: We are expecting a baby girl in April. We have settled on Felicity for her first name, but can’t seem to commit to a middle name. We have two daughters, Charlotte Ruth and Eliana Carolyn, and two sons, Th@tcher Keegan and Merr!ck Finn. Our last name is very common, D@v!s.  All of our children’s middle names honor family. I would prefer to use another family name for Felicity’s middle name, but my husband hasn’t really liked any family names I’ve suggested so far: Mae, Jane, Helene, Jo, and Marian.  He prefers a middle name to be short, one syllable or easily shortened&n ..read more
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March Madness Baby Names 2024: Girls Final
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
2w ago
Woosh! That’s the sound of a three-pointer. (And the crowd goes wild.) But it’s also the sound of time rushing past as we arrive at the final match in this year’s March Madness Baby Names tournament. Every year, we take the sixteen most popular names at Appellation Mountain for the prior calendar year, and they square off, tournament-style, until we have just one final winner. That first round of sixteen is always a mix of curiosities and favorites. For this year, the contenders were: JAMES TALLULAH LILA NOA WILLOW RUE BETTY NAVY WEDNESDAY VESPER ELOWEN MAISIE DULCIE OAKLEY ENOLA BERNADETTE ..read more
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Rare 1915 Girl Names: Mariam, Sigrid, Georgette
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
2w ago
Rare 1915 girl names range from oddities – what inspired the 46 girls named Dimple? – to names that sound completely at home today. Why look to the past for baby naming inspiration? If you love Evelyn and Amelia, but feel they’re too common, the past is rich with fresh vintage choices. Or if you’re simply looking for something different, there’s no harm in seeing what worked for our grandparents – or great-great-grandparents – generation! For other blasts from the past, see these lists: 1885 Rare Baby Names 1895 Rare Baby Names Rare 1905 Girl Names All of the lists share a few things in comm ..read more
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Sunday Summary: 3.24.24
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
3w ago
The cherry blossoms peaked in Washington DC just a few days ago. We squeezed in the quickest trip to the Tidal Basin to see them – just me, my husband, our daughter, and thousands of other visitors. I love this moment for so many reasons, but particularly because it means spring is coming – even if it still feels pretty chilly at the moment. Now, to the name news from the last few days: Welcome baby Cardinal! Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden welcomed their second child, son Cardinal. He joins big sister Raddix Chloe Wildflower. What a fascinating name choice! Like Raddix, it was virtually unused ..read more
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March Madness Baby Names 2024: Girls SemiFinals
Appellation Mountain - Where every name has a story
by Abby Sandel
3w ago
Every round of March Madness Baby Names brings us closer and closer to crowning a new champion! A girls’ name that will join past victors like Louisa (2011), Isla (2013), and Margot (2019), as well as last year’s victor, Gemma. Your votes narrowed the eight names competing in the QuarterFinals to just four contestants ready to advance to the Semis. Let’s review last week’s results, and then – of course! – open the voting again. MARCH MADNESS BABY NAMES 2024: QUARTERFINALS RESULTS BERNADETTE SWEEPS PAST NAVY With over 68% of the total, Bernadette advances to the SemiFinals. Bernadette has the m ..read more
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